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In Michigan one of the factors of determining alimony is as

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In Michigan one of the factors of determining alimony is as follows:

Past Relations and Conduct of the Parties: The conduct or “fault” of the party during the marriage (such as infidelity or substance abuse) will be considered in deciding on spousal support, even though Michigan is a no-fault divorce state;

What type of activity would be considered to be fault? I can understand adultery where one married party is having sexual relations with another party ouside of the marrige, but what other types of activity would result in fault in under this provision? Please provide some examples.
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Fault can be any number of things like one spouse did not make themselves available to the other during the marriage, intentionally or recklessly sabotaged the relationship in some way, was engaging in criminal activity, dissipation of assets of the marriage, gambling, drinking. These are the types of things a court can consider in determining whether spousal support is appropriate.

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Tina G

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